Lebanon-Israel’s New Round Of Maritime Negotiations Was Deemed Productive

TDS/Mohammed Zaatari

On Wednesday, representatives from warring and continued their maritime border negotiations.

Mediated by the U.S. and hosted by the Special Coordinator for (UNSCOL), the delegations’ latest meeting was deemed “productive” after the talks were also called “historic.”

However, it was recently reported that tensions were heightened between the longtime enemies over ’s new demands for over 1,400 square kilometers in addition to the currently disputed 860 square kilometer area.

-based oil & gas governance expert, Laury Haytayan, is referring to it as the “Battle of the maps.”

While had reportedly refused ’s request, the U.S. and UNSCOL state they are “hopeful that these negotiations will lead to a long-awaited resolution.”

According to local media, remained tunnel-visioned on its demand for a total of 2,290 square kilometers.

As always, the talks were held at the UNIFIL headquarters in Naqoura, south Lebanon. The delegations are set to meet again in early December.

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